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Spaghetti Bowl

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 October 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Circle Interchange, also called the Spaghetti Bowl, is an expressway interchange near downtown Chicago, Illinois. It is the junction between the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways (Interstates 90/94 and 290). The name refers to the curving ramps that appear to form concentric rings when viewed from above, and is commonly used by local radio traffic reporters.

The interchange is notorious for its traffic jams. It is rated the country's third-worst traffic bottleneck, with the drivers of the approximately 300,000 vehicles a day using it losing a combined 25 million hours while stuck in it.

The University of Illinois at Chicago can be seen in the top left of the photo, southwest of The Circle.

This view is from the Skydeck of the Sears Tower, looking southwest. Photo taken September 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow... FABULOUS !!! Bravo :)

16 Oct 2009 5:05am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

what a view... fantastic shot.

16 Oct 2009 8:18am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Amazing color and light...what a beautiful view!!

16 Oct 2009 12:25pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

that sky deck offers some pretty amazing views! excellent aeriel!!

16 Oct 2009 2:07pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Round and around we go.

16 Oct 2009 2:59pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

excellent aerial shot...I can only imagine the mess at rush-hour!

16 Oct 2009 4:40pm

eddo from Toronto, Canada

Great shot! The framing is terrific, and the interchange truly is an interesting design.

16 Oct 2009 4:58pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Rush hour must be a lot of fun in this place. Great POV for this shot.

16 Oct 2009 6:20pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Whoa, what a monster! I would be lost there! :-D Super capture!

16 Oct 2009 9:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow! That is quite the interchange. Makes me dizzy just looking at it.

16 Oct 2009 10:21pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Reminds me of some of the horrendous stuff in Dallas and Houston.

16 Oct 2009 11:13pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Superb composition

17 Oct 2009 1:47am

Florence from Paris, France

It's really impressive Steven from this angle ! We look so tiny !
And I love your title ! :-))))

17 Oct 2009 12:02pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is very cool. Very strong composition.

18 Oct 2009 9:22am

marc from granby, Canada

this aeriel view is very cool, love your title as well.....

18 Oct 2009 1:55pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Makes a twisted kinda sense when you study what it does but it would take so little to clog it all up I can see. Great shot from the 'Tower.

18 Oct 2009 6:10pm